Blue Noise, Trees and Boids: Algorithmic images by Paul Hertz
Opening reception, Thursday May 3rd, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Exhibition continues through June 1st, 2012
Gallery hours Weds – Sat, noon to 5pm or by appointment

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Blue Noise, Trees and Boids: Algorithmic images by Paul Hertz

Opening reception, Thursday May 3rd, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Exhibition continues through June 1st, 2012
Gallery hours Weds – Sat, noon to 5pm or by appointment

What It Is, is pleased to present new work by Chicago-based artist Paul Hertz who has worked at the forefront of digital based art making since the mid 1980’s. This exhibition provides a glimpse into Hertz’s working practice with a series of new digital prints produced over the last twelve months with various image-generating algorithms.

Hertz’s Sampling Patterns series is based on regular random distributions known as “blue noise,” seen in natural phenomena such as a flock of birds adjusting their mutual distances in flight. Blue noise dot patterns have interesting visual and cognitive effects: Their regularity seems to imply an order just about to emerge, which their randomness negates.

The Tree Jive series has a different algorithmic theme. Hertz created it from an “L-System,” short for Lindenmayer System. L-systems were introduced in the late 1980s by Prusinkiewicz and Lindenmayer as a technique for modeling plant growth. They have since found many applications, notably for creating trees in 3D applications. The “tree” Hertz is modeling in this series consists of subdivided rectangles. All of the compositions use a branching pattern based on the Fibonacci series, but they have been “pruned” in different ways, with different proportions and colors.

 

 

The Boids Life series uses Craig Reynolds’ flocking and steering behaviors, developed in the early 1990s. Reynolds’ simple principles of separation, alignment, and cohesion elicit complex interactions among his “boids.” Hertz’s implementation of the steering behaviors turns the boids into graphic brushes, tracing complex figures as they gather and scatter, follow or avoid one another, while veering in the wind and weaving around obstacles.

Works from the Sampling Patterns series are snapshots from interactive real time animations where geometric points are used to sample functions that control color, scale, shape, and other visual attributes. The Tree Jive and Boids Life series are similarly generated from software that allows Hertz to probe different generative strategies in real time.

All the prints in this show were produced by the artist with a 10-color digital printer on archival paper, at Ignotus Editions in Chicago.

Paul Hertz is an independent artist, digital printmaker, and curator. He currently teaches in the Art History and Art and Technology Studies departments at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received a BA in Fine Arts from Brown University in 1971 and an MFA in Time Arts in 1985 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was a Fellow of the Center for Art and Technology. Hertz lived in Spain from 1971 to 1983, where he collaborated with musicians and theatrical groups. From 1995 to 2009 he taught and worked at Northwestern University, where he was Co-Director of the Center for Art and Technology from 2003 to 2004. Hertz’s curatorial work includes the critically acclaimed exhibition Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of the Computer Print, at the Block Museum, Northwestern University, 2008. Hertz has exhibited his digital prints and interactive installations at numerous international media festivals, conferences, and symposia.

W: http://paulhertz.net

Blue Noise, Trees and Boids: Algorithmic images by Paul Hertz, 05/03 – 06/01/12 | 2012 | Exhibitions | Comments (0)

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